My friend Daphne, with whom I worked in an agency in Sandton when I first started out in this business, took a break from selling real estate to have babies…by the way, why is it called ‘real’ estate? I never have worked that one out. It’s a bit like that football team Real Madrid. Is there, perhaps, a fake Madrid? Is there such a thing as fake estate? Ask anyone who bought what they thought were bits of the Johannesburg CBD back in the early 1900s only to find that they were buying Church Street in the yet-to-be developed Johannesburg North. Admittedly the estate existed (so it was real) but it was in the bush where the lions and tigers roamed and would only be developed almost 100 years later. That’s the problem with buying off-plan – particularly when you are in London and you’ve never even visited South Africa. There’s a sucker born every minute and that’s why I love this job so much.
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